Operating System Not Found

By wishbone6996 ยท 8 replies
Jun 8, 2007
  1. Hello everybody. I have a massive problem which you have all heard before but it is frustrating the hell out of me.
    I am running Windows XP on a Compaq Pressario 1700. The main use of this computer is as a media player and has over 200 CD's ripped to it; this enables me to take my music with me where-ever I go.
    The problem is that I turned my computer off when I went on holiday; when I came back and tried to turn it on (ironically enough to back-up the music to an external hard drive I had purchased) I got the message "Operating Sytem not found".
    I have tried to load the operating disc again and repair the OS but it comes up with "Setup did not find any hard disc drives installed on your computer" and that's as far as I can get.
    Of course I should have backed it all up sooner but the questions are:
    What can I do to get my 200 odd ripped cd's off the hard drive?
    How can I get this ##### computer to start again.
    Finally you must realise that I am computer illiterate so any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. ellyquim

    ellyquim TS Rookie

    try to check the bios setting.
  3. wishbone6996

    wishbone6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Have tried doing that - it makes no difference whether I change the order or not.
    Thanks anyway.
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    is this a laptop or desktop pc? sorry, i'm not that familiar with compaqs :)
  5. wishbone6996

    wishbone6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It is a laptop
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    ok, that makes a big difference.

    when does the message come up? if you could boot into safe mode (with networking) then you could connect your pc to another one over an ethernet cable and you should be able to retrieve your files then

    of course to do this though you'd need another pc with an ethernet port (aka. LAN port) and you'll need a crossover ethernet cable.
  7. wishbone6996

    wishbone6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The message comes up directly after the Compaq logo.
    The other message i.e. no hard drive found comes up after the windows press enter to load, r to repair esc to exit when trying to load the os
  8. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  9. wishbone6996

    wishbone6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok - thanks did that but there was not a tools option on the BIOS setup utility.
    It says PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility and gives me the following options:
    Boot; and
    What next??
    Thanks anyway.
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